Kalamazoo Promise


This page contains Web resources as well as scholarly papers, memos, press releases, and other documents for those seeking information or linkage to agencies, people, or information pertaining to the Promise.


The Kalamazoo Promise
The official Website for the Kalamazoo Promise contains the basic information on the Promise.  It includes a useful FAQ which provides details on the Promise scholarship

The Promise scholarship is available to all students in the Kalamazoo Public School District.  The KPS Website provides  information about programs, people, and policies in the Kalamazoo Public School District.

WMU Evaluation Center Promise Evaluation
This site describes an evaluation of the Promise which is being conducted by the Western Michigan University Evaluation Center.

Kalamazoo Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools has been designated as the key agency which is responsible for making linkages between the various community agencies which provide supportive services and the Kalamazoo Public School.

An inaugural meeting of PromiseNet, a network of communities engaged in education-based economic renewal along the lines of the Kalamazoo Promise.

Other communities with Promise type programs

A sampling of cities who have announced programs similar to and inspired by The Kalamazoo Promise.

The Promise of a Greater Kalamazoo
This six-minute video provideds information about the way in which the Kalamazoo Promise is transforming the Greater Kalamazoo area into a more vibrant, attractive community in which to start a business, raise a family, work and play.

The Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
The Upjohn Institute for Employment Research which is based in Kalamazoo has been designated as the official site for the evaluation of the Promise. The Upjohn Insitute is also playing an important role in helping to collect relavant documents and infomration pertaining to the Promise.

Kalamazoo, Michigan (Wikipedia article)
More information about Kalamazoo can be found at the Wikipedia entry for the city of Kalamazoo.

Discover Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau provides an extensive Website packed with information about the greater Kalamazoo area.

Western Michigan University Undergraduate Majors
The Western Michigan University Website for the undergraduate admissions includes information about applying to WMU, undergraduate majors, visiting WMU, and other useful information for potential students.

Relevant Documents


Real Talk Series

Video from the the 2nd Annual
Excellence in Diversity Awards
is available on our Resources page.


Office of Diversity & Inclusion Vision

WMU recognizes that diversity and multiculturalism are essential for university administrators, faculty, staff members, students, alumni, and community partners to reach their unique potential in the areas of intellectual, personal, social, and cultural development in a fully engaged, enlightened community. Therefore, the University has a responsibility to encourage the exploration of the cultures and life experiences that are available on campus and in communities near and far, for cultural diversity makes sense only within a framework that enables equitable treatment of all in a community.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Mission

WMU will be a leader in the area of diversity and multiculturalism by fostering an environment where diversity in all of its forms is investigated, explained, practiced, celebrated, affirmed, and vigorously pursued. WMU envisions an academic community that affirms the dignity, value, and uniqueness of each person. We intent to aggressively pursue the recruitment, retention, and/or promotion of a more diverse administration, staff, faculty and student body. Moreover, WMU aims to ensure that the campus climate is welcoming and affirming for all persons by addressing the causes and sources of structural inequalities and changing the decision-making processes that prevent “genuine participation” of all university constituents.

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